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I feel settled in my own skin, says Jada Pinkett Smith

The 51-year-old actress, who has been married to fellow Hollywood star Will Smith since 1997, has insisted she no longer worries about external gossip

I feel settled in my own skin, says Jada Pinkett Smith
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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith

LOS ANGELES: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith insists she no longer worries about external speculation.

The 51-year-old actress, who has been married to fellow Hollywood star Will Smith since 1997, has insisted she no longer worries about external gossip, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

She explained: "When you think about how people get a little older, and say what they need to say without a filter - they've earned that. When you get to my age, you get so settled in your skin, so comfortable in the knowingness of you, that you don't get concerned about what other people have to say. The elders earn that."

Despite this, Jada acknowledges that she's been forced to make some compromises during her time in the movie business.

She told the Guardian newspaper: "There are always those compromises you make that you hope don't totally pull you away from your roots.

"That's the difference between being confused, or being swallowed by becoming someone else to get what you need. It's about being clear who you are."

Jada has encountered people who have felt 'threatened' by her 'blackness' during the course of her career.

The actress explained: "I think every woman has to find her own solutions. Even something as simple as coming into the game at such a young age, and how I had to navigate the necessity to be 'less black'.

"How do you navigate people being threatened by your blackness? Having to really not take it personally and understanding: 'OK, this is the land I'm in right now. How do I navigate this without allowing their discomfort with my Blackness to get on me'. That's a hell of a thing to navigate."

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